Municipal Theater of Piraeus
«A Masterpiece of Art» and a protected monument from 1980
Undoubtedly the jewellery of Piraeus!
It is located on the "heart" of the city, in the crossroad of the roads of Iroon Polytechnioy and Vasileos Georgiou and considered as the most trustworthy samples of public architecture in Greece of 19th century, but also one of the best theaters of the Balkans!
It is a work of soul and creation of the architect from Piraeus Ioannis Lazarimou, a professor of technical university who finish his study for its construction from 1881- 1883. As his model took the Theater of Odeion in Paris(Τheatre d΄Οdeon), in a more simple and modern version, giving a particular weight to the plastic designation of outdoor places but also to indoor design with influences from french delicacy, incorporating also features from Roman, renaissance and neoclassic genre.
The construction of the Municipal Theater of Piraeus became reality with the initiative of the mayor Trifonas Moutzopoulos. Funded at 1884 by the mayor Aristides Skylitsi- Omiridi (1883 - 1887) and opened its gates eleven years later, at 9 April of 1985, during the years of mayoralty of Theodoros Retsinas.
The impressive building of the theater has oblong shape, height 30 m. and the impressive entrance promotes great respect.
The italian type room of the theater can fit 1.300 - 1.400 spectators and has a big orchestra, boxes in two rows and balconies in four levels. Particularly impressive is considered theater scene (width 20,30 m. , depth of 16,15 m. and a height of 30 m.)
Also, consists of a forefront and an orchestra.
The architect I. Lazarimos took care as it has many secondary spaces, but also comfortable dressing rooms from the artists with the luxurious living room.
The other rooms are also impressive, such as the ladder made of marble, the central smoking area, the foyer of the central room with the amazing colorful roof that is kept in four columns, the enormous chandelier that dominates on the theater and if from the time era that was working with gas.
In its unique baroque scene, that is considered to be as one of the three that still remains in Europe from ancient time, many theatrical troupes was hosted there such as the Rontiri Piraeus Theater and the directors Dimitris Rontiris, Gkikas Biniaris, Stefanos Nikolaidis, Michalis Kounelakis but other famous actors as well such as Manos Katrakis, Aimilios Veakis, Katina Paxinoy, Mimis Fotopoulos, Vasilis Diamantopoulos, Mimis Traiforos, Dimitris Papamichail etc.
Here also many musical performances took place as the Municipal Symfonic Orchestra of Mimis Theodorakis, events with dance groups and choruses. At 1980 was pronounced as protected monument "work of art".
The municipal theater of Piraeus is considered to be as the top greek theatrical building of 19th century and it is time to give back life and shine in the artistic and spiritual movement of Piraeus, as it was on the past.
How to go to the Municipal Theater of Piraeus
- By car:
To reach at Municipal Theater of Piraeus, you can follow these routes:
From Piraeus railway station : 1 km aprox.
From Athens (Syntagma square) : 10.8 km aprox.
From Athens (Omonia square) : 9 km
- By bus:
From Piraeus port by buses that start from Piraeus railway station or by taxi.
Beginning from Piraeus port, we will walk towards the center of Piraeus, ascending the street Vasileos Georgiou, from Agia Triada church, with direction to Korai square.
For your stay in Piraeus, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Piraeus, as well as in many other areas close to Piraeus and the suburbs nearby, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Access to Athens by car is easy and quick through almost all Attica's road networks. Syggrou Ave - Athens (Syntagma), Peiraios Ave - Ahtens (Omonia sqr), Poseidonos Ave, Kifisos Ave - National Road from North Suburbs of Athens, Thivon from West Suburbs and Schiston Ave from East Attica.
Indicative distances and routes:
From Athens (Omonia sqr) 9 km
From Athens (Syntagma sqr): 11.2 km
From Kifissia: 27 km
From Keratsini: 4 km
From Peristeri: 12 km
Direct access by public transportation to Piraeus is possible through the center of Athens (Omonia sqr), the south coastal suburbs and the suburbs of Piraeus (Keratsini, Perama, Nikaia, Drapetsona, Ag. I. Rentis etc).
Most terminals and stops of urban transport are centrally located in the city.
By metro - train:
From Piraeus terminal, at the port of Piraeus, you can access the rest of Attica by train that reaches Kifissia and intermediate metro stations.
The terminal is located at the Port of Piraeus.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.